After suffering a number of close calls, USA Men's Basketball fought hard and made it to the Gold Medal round of the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, where they won 96-66 blowout against Serbia, getting their third straight gold medal in the process.

America Takes Home the Gold

This year's competition was not an easy one for the Americans, as they had numerous close calls with most of their opponents and criticism over the lack of key players, who were out because of rest or injury.

Nonetheless, the USA, under the guidance of Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski, started off their Olympic triumph on a good note.

Their first two victories against China and Venezuela were blowouts, but the team was tested against Australia, as both teams went back and forth and ended in a 98-88 victory. The American's next opponents, Serbia, almost won, but lost a close one 94-91, followed by a close 100-97 win against France.

The US coasted through the quarterfinal against Argentina, and the semifinal against Spain to make it the gold medal round against none other than, Serbia.

The game started off with the US playing lackluster and only had a four point advantage as the first quarter ended with America in the lead 18-14. Everything changed next quarter as Golden State Warrior small forward Kevin Durantstepped up his game, and by halftime, US-led 52-29.

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Durant led the way, scoring 30 points and four assists, while Sacremento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 points and had 15 rebounds.

The final result was a 96-66 victory for the Americans, as they won their third straight Olympic gold medal. It was a special one for Krzyzewski, as he becomes the first coach to win three medals in the Olympic games and it was his final game as head coach for USA Basketball.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will take the reigns when the team takes the floor at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony made history during the Olympics, as he passed LeBron James on points scored in international competition for USA Basketball. He also announced that he was retiring from the team, having won three gold and one bronze over the course of his international career. Fans roared in delight and cheered when their country took it all.

Overview

This USA Basketball defied all the backlash that it received and played hard and strong, even though they almost came close to losing, but with strong plays and offensive skills, they came out and beat their opponents like they were expected to.

This team was tested a lot during their competition but got through it all. It was a great team that was assembled, and they brought home another gold for the USA.

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